Chess: Russia and India’s shared Olympiad gold sparks wave of criticism

The Fide president, Arkady Dvorkovich, has defended his decision to award first place to both teams after an internet outage disrupted the final of the 163-nation eventFide, the global chess body, and its Russian president, Arkady Dvorkovich, faced a wave of criticism after the 163-nation Olympiad final ended on Sunday with Russia and India declared joint winners and gold medallists. After a major internet outage caused two Indian players to lose by disconnection, Dvorkovich upheld India’s appeal and awarded gold to both teams.The server outage with the match in the balance gave Dvorkovich sufficient reason to effectively call the final result an unbroken tie. Related: Chess: England aim for place in top group as 163-team Olympiad begins Related: Chess: Garry Kasparov and Magnus Carlsen to meet for first time in 16 years Continue reading…

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